Fuse: Skout

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 27, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: App, Digital Design, ux
Despite all of the other chat apps out there, this is my favorite at the moment. It’s not Yo, it’s not Slingshot, it's not SnapChat—it’s Fuse! Fuse uses the contact list on your phone and it lets you make groups where you can share posts and comments. The magic is that you can give every post a “fuse”, a timer of ten, five or three mins. Once the timer ends, the image disappears forever. It creates a playful sense of urgency, delight and mystery.
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Food Delivery: Sprig

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 26, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
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There are tons of food delivery apps out there, but this one has an interesting twist. By limiting choice and accessibility, they’re able to provide a truly affordable and convenient experience. We’re overloaded with information and choices in everything that we do.
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Elevate Brain Training: Elevate, Inc.

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 25, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
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Billed as “your personal brain trainer,” Elevate is a beautifully designed learning app. You can play up to three free challenges a day. All of them are fun, easy to use and absolutely gorgeous. They’re designed to help improve vocabulary, reading and listening focus, writing abilities and information-processing speed. The great thing is, they actually work! I can sense that it’s helped me improve my vocabulary and writing skills. I’ve already found myself applying lessons from the game when writing emails at work. 
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Monument Valley App: ustwo

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 24, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
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This app is awe-inspiring. Sure, it seems like just a game but that’s only part of it. It’s a joy to look at and use. This is a great example of where app design is going—three-dimensional hyper-realism. I wouldn’t consider it an interface, but more of an environment with materiality and depth. The challenge is to move a silent character—a princess—through a series of mazes. Each level gets harder by testing your problem solving skills and your ability to stay on task, despite how easy it is to get distracted by all the beautiful surroundings.
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Bike Light: Sparse

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 23, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
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Designed by local San Francisco bike enthusiasts, this bike light seeks to ease riders’ daily commute. I’ve lost more than one bike light because I’ve forgotten to remove it on either end of my commute. With Sparse, you install it once and never have to remove it again. The design is sleek, the materials are solid and it looks great integrated into the bike. Just set it and forget it.
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